Baby Turtle Rescue

This past Sunday, I joined Robert Schonfeld, South Palm Beach’s Turtle Man, on his morning walk on the beach.

Every Sunday morning during August, he takes groups to find and rescue baby turtles who did not make it out of the nest.

Here is a link to Schonfeld’s story and a turtle primer that I wrote up for The Coastal Star.

Discover Local Artists: Joan Lustig

Joan Lustig
Joan Lustig

North Palm Beach artist Joan Lustig’s show, “The Works,” is featured at the South Palm Beach Town Hall through March, with an opening reception on March 7 from 2-4 p.m.

Composition, color, shapes, placement, and surface all are important elements of her work, she said.

“Curve Series III,” acrylic on canvas, 24 by24 inches, $1,000

“In each medium in which I’ve worked, acrylic, monotype, collage, and jewelry design, composition has been the most important element, but layering and form have also had a role in my striving for a unique voice in the world of art.”

“Curve Series II,”- acrylic on canvas, -24″x24″, $1,000

The composition of her work is intuitive. It begins with inspiration, followed by ideas, mood, luck, imagination, and risk as she draws on her experiences to develop the piece. She aims to create works of art that are interactive, challenging the imagination of her viewers.

She studied at Brooklyn College where she was influenced by her instructors Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, Barnett Newman and Jimmy Ernst.

South Palm Beach Town Hall is at 3577 South Ocean Blvd., South Palm Beach. After the reception, viewing is by appointment only. For information, call (561) 588-8889.

Discover Local Artist: Dorothy Polayes

Dorothy Palayes
Dorothy Polayes

Dorothy Polayes of South Palm Beach is the featured artist at South Palm Beach Town Hall, January 11 through March 3, with an opening reception on Sunday, January 10 from 2-4 p.m.

"Ruby Red" is 26 by 18 inches and priced at $1,000.
“Ruby Red” is 26 by 18 inches and priced at $1,000.

Polayes loves the process of working with pastels and getting her hands dirty. “I find pastels challenging and enjoyable,” she said. “I observe intensely so as to capture light, texture and color, to create a feeling of depth and to highlight the essence of the subject.” That’s why her current show is entitled “Observations,” she explains.

“The Blues” is 26 by 18 inches and priced at $950.
“The Blues” is 26 by 18 inches and priced at $950.

For subject matter, she likes to create “people pictures” and pears because the shapes are sensual. “I go through phases, and get hooked on one thing or another and do a series of pieces relating to that theme.

“I hope people will feel the same pleasure and see the same beauty looking at my works as I feel creating them.”

"Post-Sunset” is 18 by 26 inches and priced at $1,200.
“Post-Sunset” is 18 by 26 inches and priced at $1,200.

Beside the visual arts, she also enjoys performing art, drawing, needlework and crafts. She majored in mathematics with a minor in Art History at Vassar College. She studied at the New York School of Interior Design and at the Paier School of Art in New Haven, CT. She has a master’s degree in art education at Southern Connecticut State College. In the early 1990s she studied pastels with Matthew McCarthy at the Armory Art Center. Her work has been featured in solo shows as well as juried shows. In 1999, her still life, “A Feast for the Senses” was featured on the cover of the Playbill for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the performing Arts.

South Palm Beach Town Hall is located at 3577 S. Ocean Blvd.,  South Palm Beach. To view “Observations,” please call for an appointment (561) 588-8889.

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